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June 2016 Geocacher Profile

Jun 01, 2016 - 8:50 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Adam Schoenwald aka Cloak.n.Dagger should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Cloak.n.Dagger

How did you choose your handle? There were two "boy" movies that came out at the same time when I was young and impressionable. The Last Starfighter, and Cloak and Dagger. It only made sense with the secrecy of geocaching that Cloak.n.Dagger fit.

How long have you been geocaching? Not long really, this coming July will be my two year anniversary. (July 12, 2014)

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it? It took me nearly an hour to find my first geocache. To be honest I almost gave up on it, but I understood like most puzzles the solution often presents itself if you just be still. So I just sat on a rock and carefully studied ground zero. Sure enough, it was right in front of me all the time. It is still one of my all time favorites today. Without giving away to much info, it is a "hidden in plain sight" type of cache by the Nautical Wheelers named "Drifter" GC57QWV.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? I typically go by myself, but my Wife DocGunney and daughter come with me from time to time.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? I don't give up on them. Sometimes I will set them aside and allow some subconscious thinking to tackle it. There have been a few that have taken me a year to figure out.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in? That is really a tough question, I enjoy geocaching no matter where I go. But it is most enjoyable when you find a new area right in your own backyard. My normal geocaching radius is Joplin, MO to Fayetteville, AR.

Do you do paperless caching? Typically yes, but I do use paper maps when county hopping or in events that have a lot of geocaches that need to be found.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use? Samsung Galaxy primarily

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching? That's the million dollar question isn't it? Geocaching is so versatile it can be tailored to any individual needs. People that need a little diversion during a lunch break can to a quick PnG. People that are die hard adventurers wanting to go to places that are impossible to get to with traditional ToT (like scuba diving) geocaching has it. If you're a collector the obsession of trackable items to high quality coins (and don't get me started on letterbox hybrids) will have your head spinning. If you're a socialite meeting people has never become more easy then the local and mega events that geocaching has to offer. You want to learn more about the earth and see rare and beautiful places, geocaching has you covered. Looking for a puzzle and you're a super sleuth, no problem, don't have a lot of money or you wanna spend a ton of money and travel the world no problem, anyone can go geocaching and find an adventure that is suited just for them.

Where are you originally from? South Dakota

In what states have you geocached? AR, MO, KS, OK, KY, IL, TN, MS, TX

What was your first event ever attended? The first event I attended was "August Souvenir Kick-Off Meet & Greet" Here I really got thrown into the August festivities that groundspeak likes to do in the summer. I also got to meet some of the coolest geocachers in the NWA area.

How many caches have you found? 1,537

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest? As long as it isn't a nano in the woods I like em all, but I do enjoy letter boxing...I like adding new stamps to my album.
What was the most famous cache that you have found? Right here in Arkansas: Gorilla Stash (GC1B) currently has the most favorites and is the oldest cache I have found.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries? Rechargeable mostly.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? That is really tough. I have really leaned more on the hiding side, With my Country wild Series the spans four states, over 200 miles and currently has over 130 hides on the trail, to my Intimidator puzzle series, to My month of May Earthcache quest, to hosting at least one event a month, I really try to put emphasis on just having fun putting out hides I would enjoy to find, with that being said, I am working on my 366 day steak, and have just a little over 100 days left. I guess I like it all, it just depends on my mood at the moment.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide? Yes, I call it my Trinity of Geocaching. They must do at least one of the following and preferably all three: engage, entertain, educate.

What is your favorite type of cache hide? Oh my goodness, I really am in a Letterbox, Earthcache, puzzle kick at the moment only because I have hidden so many traditionals and I wanted more diversity in the NWA area. I was the first to place Letterboxes and WIGS in the area, currently the states highest earth cache hider, and have had some of the best teachers challenge my puzzle building skills. We all challenge one another to do better, I feel that we are truly spoiled to have some gifted geocachers constantly raising the bar.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in? They would have to be my Intimidator and Night Cache Hides. I have a few favorite Country Wild hides that are unique. But my most favorite is my first puzzle cache ( .. -. - .. -- .. -.. .- - --- .-., GC65DK7 ) and my NWA Annual Meet n Greet event.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh? Well my Caching Karma says I am at 2.78, but really, I think the ratio is really dependent on the person. I would rather find a cache hidden by someone who wants to hide a cache and will take care of it, than find one by a player feeling forced to hide one because of some number and it being total junk taking up quality space.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby? I heard rumors about geocaching here and there but never paid much attention to it until I became 100 percent retired from the military. I needed something to do to keep my mind busy and it wasn't until I married my wife and one of her friends introduced me officially to geocaching. Mad props to Ilektra for getting me hooked.

What's your favorite geocache? Oh that is so not fair to ask. I mean I have so many that come to mind. I would feel bad for not listing one particular cache over another so I will just say this. If a cache takes me somewhere new that I had never known existed right in my backyard, or a cache that truly makes me smile when found, those are the one that get my favorite points.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? Another challenging question, I know that some people have mentioned the Space Station, all the states in the United States, and even all over Europe. But if money is truly no object...I recently read somewhere that the highest geocache finder has somewhere near 117,000 finds, there are 2.5 million active caches in the world...if money was no object, I would like to find them all!

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group? Typically I find myself caching alone (as most people have to work) but there is nothing more enjoyable than caching with fellow geocachers. The cacher's that I cache with like DocGunney, Sanders_Sooners, wcsexton, brandyjack, to name just a few have given me some of the coolest memories. Geocachers are fun people to spend time with, they all have two great things, a sense of adventure and a sense of humor. Even if they are complete strangers, I feel at home with geocachers.

How many First to Finds do you have? I currently have 50 FTF, I can't even count the number of STF's that were so close to FTFs lol. We have such a competitive group, that we poke fun of one another in both our logs and listings!

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications? Very much so now, I wasn't a year ago, I am not sure how many miles I have it set to, but my guess is about 100 miles. And I am not ashamed to say I woke up at 3am and drove 55 miles one way to score an FTF in my pajamas lol.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? I absolutely love photography and scuba diving, just going out for country drives, and most importantly spending time with my family.


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May 2016 Geocacher Profile

May 01, 2016 - 1:17 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Jimmy Hill aka Tha_Hill should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Tha_Hill

How did you choose your handle?
My last name is Hill and I used to have a Razorback shirt that I wore a lot that said "The Hill" referencing the campus' nickname. So my friends started calling me "Tha Hill" and it stuck.

How long have you been geocaching?
I grabbed 3 back in 2009 under the name "Tha Hill" but took a long break and didn't get back to it until 2011

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
Under my current username it shows that it was Huck Fins (GC1Z2ZE), but I know it was Around Town - By The River (GCJKKD). When I decided to get back into caching, I couldn't remember my password or the email I used to set it up or anything else so I had to create another account. But I specifically remember this one because it was before cell phones had GPS and all I had was the GPS in my car that I couldn't take with me, so we drove to Riverside Park and grabbed a parking spot and just started looking. It took a while.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
My wife (MrsTha_Hill) and kids mostly, but I drag Bondebond into it on occasions.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
I haven't given up on one yet. I'm just taking really long breaks between asking for hints. Haha. I generally will only work on one for a few days without figuring it out before taking an extended break from it. I enjoy puzzles, but I don't always have time to work on the harder ones.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
I don't really have a favorite area or town, but I have a few caches high in my favorites list. I mainly like the ones that take me to places that would never go, ever, if not for a cache (Arkansas River Trail #27 EVIL (GC3TT52))

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Mainly my iPhone, but I do have an Oregon 550t

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
It's addictive and it will take you places that you have probably never been or even knew existed and teach you things you didn't know.

Where are you originally from?
Searcy

In what states have you geocached?
Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Florida

What was your first event ever attended?
ArkGeo Meet & Greet - Searcy on August 6 of 2014

How many caches have you found?
561

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?

I enjoy finding ammo cans, but prefer the added difficulty of micros and nanos. I don't always find them, but it makes it more fun.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Going off favorite points only, it would be Cache Houdini (GC8E7)

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Mostly rechargeable but keep some disposables as back up.

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
Finding. I have a lot of ideas for hides, I'm just not good at following through with creating the container and finding the right spot

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
For puzzle caches, I hope that that everyone that finds it enjoyed the the whole process from solving the puzzle to retrieving the cache, to enjoying the scenery around or on the way to the cache.
For traditional caches, not really. The few I have hidden where mainly just to fill a gap in the map.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Mystery/puzzle

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Head or Heart is the one I'm most proud of because of the time and effort put into it. Lung Cancer Sucks probably means the most to me because it is a cache I made in memory of my grandmother who passed away at the beginning of July of last year.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
A lot less lopsided than mine.

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?

A friend of mine that has probably found less than 10 caches introduced me to it. It didn't stick with me at the time, but I found some love for it a few years later.

What's your favorite geocache?
Probably either Pump Station (GC44JJ2) or Arkansas River Trail #27 EVIL (GC3TT52). River Trail #27 left it's mark with me. Literally. I still have the scar.

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
I'd like to log the one on the space station or even the one in Antarctica, but more realistically.....All over Europe

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?

Group is more fun, even if it's only one other person.

How many First to Finds do you have?
I'm not sure. Probably around 10 or so.

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how
many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?

Not really. I have it set for anything within 30 miles of my house, but unless it's really close or near somewhere I'm already heading, I usually let someone else grab it.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
I'm working on getting my pilots license, I'm on the board for Searcy Baseball, and I'm a die hard razorback football fan.
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ArkGeo Membership

Apr 02, 2016 - 8:26 PM - by MathSeeker
All website members are invited to join ArkGeo the organization. It is free! All you have to do is go to the voting booth tab and complete the voter registration.
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April 2016 Geocacher Profile

Apr 01, 2016 - 8:28 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Perry Small aka w00dduck should be the next cacher to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name? w00dduck

How did you choose your handle? Being a once avid duck hunter the wood duck drake to me was the prettiest and had the best table fare of all the ducks. Before geocaching I was an avid motorcycle rider. I hooked up with a group and needed a name and I chose w00dduck. When it came to Geocaching I just kept the handle.

How long have you been geocaching? I found my first cache on 8/21/2012

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
I actually used the free App that was downloaded to my I phone. It was "Out behind the Shop" GC178FG by BSA534. Now archived

Who usually goes with you when you go caching? I usually go solo due to my caching style. I have cached with Old River Runner and Summitlady as they seem to tolerate me and my style.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up? I'm not a puzzle solver but once I find one that stirs my interest I never give up...I will eventually get it solved even if it means requesting nudges

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Those areas where nobody else goes.

Do you do paperless caching?
Yes

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?Magellan GC and Garmin 660 NUVI for vehicle

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
As for my caching style it gets you to places that are not on many maps or brochures. Other wise its get you out of the house and off the couch.

Where are you originally from?
Arkansas

In what states have you geocached?
Tx, Ark. Mo, Tenn. Cal, Ok, Lu.

What was your first event ever attended? A CITO event in Clarksville Ar. hosted by ORR

How many caches have you found? 2464 logged, several pending

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Ammo Cans, and Nanos. I do also enjoy those containers made by CO's also.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Gorilla Cache

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
Disposables

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby? Finding

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
One that others enjoy.

What is your favorite type of cache hide? Small

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?
Grandmas pear tree. I have fond memories as a child at hide location.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?
Not sure

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
I actually found out about caching in 2008 while searching for a GPS for my motorcycle for touring.. Talked with a friend who also rode touring about geocaching but he said never got interested in it. 4 years later after the touring days I looked it up again for hobby and been hooked ever since. Sad thing is that if I would have picked it up in 2008 I would have a BIG chunk of the states shaded.

What's your favorite geocache? Like them all!!!!!

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching? Scotland.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Both

How many First to Finds do you have?
49

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Not really a FTF hound. I do have several notifications set to 300miles for the High DT caches published. But not for FTFs

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching? Hiking, camping, kayaking, motorcycle riding anything outdoors.


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March 2016 Geocacher Profile

Mar 01, 2016 - 6:54 PM - by MathSeeker
The Membership Relations Committee is happy to showcase some ArkGeo Geocachers through the "Geocacher Profile". The committee thought Charles & Kay Shearer aka Zeke & George should be the next cachers to be in the spotlight.

What is your geocaching name?
Zeke & George

How did you choose your handle?
Kay replaced George when he retired. I dealt with the original George through my work. I did not change the address book and just kept calling and asking for "George." After all it would not seem right to be calling my wife while at work. And yes, she had a private office and was the only one to ever answer her phone. I found out her co-workers were calling her "the New George" whenever someone would come in and ask to see George. Then she started asking for Zeke when she called me on business. When we signed up with Geocaching we decided to use those as our names. We laughed that people would think that we were a gay couple. We laughed even harder when at an event in Paris a couple years later a young lady was shocked to learn we were a straight married couple.

How long have you been geocaching?
We found our first 3 caches on 1/19/2003. They were 3 of the 4 located on Hot Springs National Park at that time.

How did you find your first Geocache, and which one was it?
George read about Geocaching in the newspaper. She called a friend that had a GPS and told her we were going to go find a geocache in the Gorge and we wanted to know if she could go with us? If she couldn’t, could we just use her GPS anyway without her?” Mary, Trekkin Arkie's twin sister, was a good friend and of course she rushed over and played our silly game. The first cache was GoatDB located on the slope above Goat Rock. The next Saturday, while I was working in the shop, George informed me that there was a travel bug, named “Drib,” in the same cache and if I wanted to go with her to get it, I better get to the house quickly. And that is how our addiction started.

Who usually goes with you when you go caching?
The last couple of years we have gone caching a lot with the Likestocanoe Gang. Prior to that it was mainly family and muggle friends.

How long will you work on puzzle caches before you give up?
Zeke - Not Long! George - depends on the puzzle difficulty.

What town/areas have you most enjoyed caching in?
Retirement has allowed us the freedom to travel extensively with our RV. Geocaching and meeting cachers is fun everywhere.

Do you do paperless caching?
Absolutely! No longer have to print reams of paper before going somewhere.

What kind of geocaching rig do you use?
Delorme PN-60 and our I-Phones. Sometimes we record logs on the GPS to download to the computer. Sometimes we send the log immediately using the phone app. Recently Cell coverage has dictated which way we post logs.

Why would you recommend anyone else to take up geocaching?
Searching for caches takes you places no tour book would take you. Geocachers guide you to places that are important to them and give you history or a personal story about the location. That is what we like most, as we are not overly concerned about the numbers.

Where are you originally from?
George moved to Hot Springs with her parents from the Chicago area during her junior year of high school. Zeke has always lived in the South and moved here from Dallas in 1990.

In what states have you geocached?
Every state, the District of Columbia, 4 Canadian Providences, China, Costa Rica, France, and Turkey.

What was your first event ever attended?
Arkansas Meet Alabama! on 3/18/06 at Petit Jean State Park

How many caches have you found?
5346 effective 3/1/16

Which type of cache container do you prefer over the rest?
Big enough to have toys for the kids.

What was the most famous cache that you have found?
Mingo! The oldest cache in the world.

Do you use disposable batteries or rechargeable batteries?
rechargeable

Do you enjoy hiding or finding more as your part of the hobby?
George says hiding and Zeke says finding.

Do you have a personal goal in mind when you make a hide?
We like to take people some place special or have a Geocache that's so special for some reason that it makes the finding of it good, even in spite of a not so good location. No, we do not have the goal to only make hard to find caches.

What is your favorite type of cache hide?
Something that is made by the cache owner.

Out of all your hides, what are your personal favorites that you take pride in?Transportation Plaza & Lake Overlook. And yes, those were meant to be hard finds.

What do you think the proper hide to find ratio should be to keep the sport fresh?

Hmmmmm.....we’d have to get into a lengthy discussion to figure out what that answer might be! That discussion would take us days and days!

How did you end up getting into this wacky hobby?
See the answer to the fourth question.

What's your favorite geocache?
A favorite favorite??? We haven’t found it, yet!

If money was no object, where would you like to go geocaching?
New Zealand and Australia are at the top of our dream list. We will make it someday.

Do you like geocaching by yourself or in a group?
Zeke has done it by himself. George almost never goes by herself. It is definitely more fun with someone. We almost always do it together and will take friends and relatives if possible. It's lots of fun to take kids.

How many First to Finds do you have?

No idea. Not many!

Are you a First to Find person who is always set on go and if so, how many miles out do you have your settings on to get notifications?
Just not us. We do get notices for out to 15 miles, but very seldom rush out just to be FTF. We are retired and just do not seem to have time to drop everything to make a mad dash somewhere.

Do you have any other hobbies besides geocaching?
Kay is an active member of Master Gardeners, and has gardens with around 450 different varieties of daylilies and almost that many varieties of daffodils. We camp in our travel trailer monthly from March through November when we are home. However, we also take extended trips exploring our wonderful country, leaving a breadcrumb trail of smilies as we go.
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